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Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts Pathway

About this Pathway

The Agriculture, Nutrition, and Culinary Arts (ANC) Pathway provides a large variety of exciting degree options that will lead to many in-demand careers. The focus of this pathway is to learn while doing by offering courses designed for students to have hands-on experience, develop problem-solving skills, and provide industry standard experience. Students can earn a variety of industry accepted certificates of achievement and associates degrees for students who want to enter the workforce directly from Bakersfield College. This pathway also prepares students who desire to continue their education at a four-year university. Through education and experience learned in agriculture, nutrition, and culinary arts courses we can help produce a better world, healthier lives, and improve social concerns related to sustainable agriculture, food systems, healthy communities, and the environment.

Programs of Study

Associate Degrees and Degrees for Transfer

AA - Associate of Arts
AA-T - Associate in Arts for Transfer
AS - Associate of Science
AS-T - Associate in Science for Transfer


COA - Certificate of Achievement
COCM - Certificate of Completion
COCP - Certificate of Competency
JSC - Job Skills Certificates
NC - Noncredit

Completion Coaching Team

Name Position Email Voice Phone Location
Aneesha Awrey Counselor, General/CTE; Counseling Expert - Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (661) 395-4926
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Financial Aid
Name Position Email Voice Phone Location
Guy Chidgey Financial Aid (661) 395-4798
Educational Advisors
Name Position Email Voice Phone Location
Jeff La Force Educational Advisor - Job Corps Scholars, Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (661) 395-4716
Program Managers
Name Position Email Voice Phone Location
Domenica Trinidad Program Manager Strong Workforce (661) 395-4262

Entire Completion Coaching Community

Career Outlook

The Bakersfield College Program Map is a great resource to find Program Learning Outcomes and detailed career outlook statistics for each of the programs of study associated with this Learning and Career Pathway. For more information about career outlooks in any field, visit the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Steps for Success

  1. Know Your Career Goals - If you need help in this area, contact the ANC counselor or advisor to see what types of career options sound most appealing to you. They can help you find a pathway to meet your career goals.
  2. Seek help from a counselor or advisor in the Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts pathway or within your degree pathway as soon as possible - You will be more successful in completing your degree on time if you take just the courses you need.
  3. Take 15 units per semester if possible - Always start with math and English courses the first year to get them out of the way. The longer you drag out your education, the longer it takes to start your career.
  4. Once you have chosen your major and signed up for your math and English courses, then obtain a Student Education Plan (SEP) Pathway Guide - This guide will help you decide what courses you need to take each semester. Also, talk to professors within your degree pathway to see what semester they are offering the mandatory major’s courses within your pathway. Some courses are only offered once every 2 years, so take those first.
  5. Form contacts with peers and professors - Research demonstrates that being engaged with others is a strong predictor of success.